The age of social-networking is upon us. We can all exchange information with countless people around the world at the touch of a button. We can also track and get in touch with people from our past we wouldn't otherwise do.
This modern-day phenomenon started with the launch of sites such as Friends Reunited, My Space and now, global Facebook.
I am unashamedly part of this process but constantly have to reassess whether it is a force for good or not.
We have all met people in our pasts we would rather not meet again. People who may want to contact us but not vice-versa. People who will send us a 'friend request' and we feel obliged and compelled to accept so as not to appear rude. People we did not give our phone numbers or addresses to, can now trace us.
I have long suspected most of us are diluting the word 'friend' by accepting colleagues and acquaintances as such.
Is it a good idea to allow casual acquaintances access to our personal photos and other details that we never gave them in the first place?
Do we really want friends of friends viewing our snapshots and even knowing who we are in a relationship with?
Do we want our bosses to view our status, likes and dislikes, and posts meant for our friends? Or even knowing what we're up to on our days off?
Do we want the worlds marketing machine to target us with direct advertising? I can't log in to my e-mail anymore without being bombarded with adverts on products I enquired about years ago and no longer require.
Where will it leads us...?
We're all living in the spotlight nowadays, centre-stage, like celebrities exposed to the world but without the wealth and rewards our new-found status should bring.
Please let me know your views.